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One of many difficulties which beset the sensible conservation of stone structures is the fragmentation of the disciplines concerned. This publication, with either volumes now to be had as one beneficial paperback, brings those disciplines jointly through the involvement of members with various reports and techniques to an identical fabric. half one is an advent to the complexities and heritage historical past of stone conservation by way of the main complete description but produced of the development and ornamental stones utilized in the British Isles.In half , practitioners all for stone conservation describe ways that significant structural masonry difficulties, secondary construction difficulties and various stone floor stipulations might be taken care of. numerous development forms and environments has been used to make sure that the wide scope of universal difficulties is roofed. This moment a part of the e-book can be of functional price to artwork historians, archaeologists, architects, surveyors and engineers, masonry contractors and sculpture conservators in fixing difficulties and in studying to exploit every one other's abilities and event. hugely illustratedTwo informative volumes introduced jointly in a brand new paperback editionExcellent authorial mixture

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There are also major problems associated with decay and weathering with which this book is largely concerned. However, the principal characteristics of stone emerging from a study of masonry buildings are those of durability, versatility and of beauty. When man built, and indeed builds, for permanence and for impact, stone is the material chosen. A. Jobbins) Dimension stone is the term used for a rock that can be quarried, cut and worked to a specified size or shape for use in a building as a structural unit or for use purely as decoration.

Metamorphic rocks in which the mineral grains are roughly orientated are said to show a schistose texture. The foliation of a schist, the most common metamorphic rock, is seen as discontinuous layers. Some schists are the product of the metamorphism of clays. A succession may be traced from a clay, to a slate, to a schist. Lf the minerals are coarse grained and segregated into rough bands the rock is termed a gneiss. A gneiss shows a lesser tendency to split along the bands than does a schist. Marble results from the metamorphism of limestone.

Colour changes or variations, which may be marked as with 'blue-hearted' stones, should be considered early in the planning stages of a building and provision made to accommodate them. Stones capable of being polished may show a highly accentuated hue or, indeed, appear entirely different from the unpolished stones. H. Setchell) joint sets. ' The colour of rocks The colour of a rock may be its most striking visual characteristic. Colour depends on the reflection of some of the vibrations of white light seen by the human eye.

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